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PHYS 321 A: Electromagnetism

Meeting Time: 
TTh 8:30am - 9:50am
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Alejandro Garcia

Syllabus Description:

Prof. Alejandro Garcia (

Jesse Ashworth ( - Head TA
Matt Kafker (
Adnan Khan (
Mia Kumamoto (
Chong Xia (

Instructor + TA Office Hours: See here


T-Th 8:30-9:50am


Welcome to PHYS 321 (Spring 2021), the first of a three-quarter sequence of electromagnetism for advanced undergraduates. I hope you find this course challenging and enjoyable. The topic of electromagnetism is fundamental through all the natural sciences and is also crucial in modern technology. We will closely follow Griffiths' text "Introduction to Electrodynamics". If you are interested in more advanced treatments of certain topics, use the graduate-level text "Classical Electrodynamics" by Jackson. 

For information about texts, tutorials, and grading, see COURSE INFORMATION (which is also on the "Pages" link).

For useful links and latest news on particle physics see USEFUL LINKS & IN THE NEWS. Please email suggestions.

Here is the tentative schedule. Reading for each lecture is noted---class quizzes will assume this readings. HW assignments will be due on Saturdays at 10:00PM, electronically.


Religious accommodations

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Catalog Description: 
First of a three-quarter sequence. Charges at rest and in motion; dielectric and magnetic media; electromagnetic waves; relativity and electromagnetism; physical optics. Prerequisite: a minimum grade of 2.0 in PHYS 227; and either PHYS 228, MATH 207, AMATH 351, MATH 208, AMATH 352, MATH 209, AMATH 353, MATH 224, MATH 334, MATH 335, or AMATH 401. Offered: ASp.
GE Requirements: 
Natural Sciences (NSc)
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Last updated: 
October 15, 2021 - 8:54am